Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

Historic Landmark

Entrance to the studio

Moi savoring the art

Father Kino

Hand made floors





Deer dancer

Entrance to the mission


Inside the mission

Cross through open roof

Mountains over the mission

The big activity of the day was really neat. We drove to the foothills of the Catalina Mountains to visit Ted DeGrazia's (1909-1982) Gallery of the Sun. DeGrazia was a world famous impressionist artist who used the Tucson area's culture and land as his subjects. After fighting the IRS against inheritance taxes he decided to donate his millions of dollars worth of paintings and other art forms to a non profit foundation. In his fight he said on paper he was a multi-millionaire and his family would have to pay taxes they could not afford. Part of his protest was to publicly burn hundreds of his paintings. However, his studio and home are open to the public and it was a fantastic experience for us. His art was enjoyable and the buildings were really neat. There was even a mission he built to honor Father Kino who brought Christianity to the areas Indians in the late 1600s. Learning stuff on vacation. Enjoy the pics.

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